Bengaluru: Senior BJP leader and Member of Karnataka Legislative Council (MLC) H Vishwanath has asked the state if it can provide jobs for NRIs if Muslim countries start returning them.
This issue comes in light of the recent controversy that erupted after cases of Muslim traders being banned from opening shops and stalls in some temples and religious gatherings in coastal districts of Karnataka being put in light.
Recently, Hindu activists from Madikeri district of the state staged a sit-down protest on Saturday to stop Muslim merchants from carrying out their business during a convention held at Shanivarasante of Somavarapet taluk.
The decision to ban Muslim traders from temple fairs in Karnataka has spread to more districts of the state and is likely to snowball into a major crisis in the coming days.
The trend that surfaced in the coastal districts and the capital Bengaluru has made its way to the districts of Hassan, Tumakuru, Chikkamagalur and Shivamogga.
The reaction of the BJP MLC
Reacting to the development, the MLC asked the state government if it was able to provide jobs to the NRIs if Muslim countries started sending them back.
Slamming politicians who try to use religion for political gain, he said religion should not be used to gain power.
Who is Vishwanath?
He is an appointed member of the Legislative Council of Karnataka. He was the former chairman of JD(S) Karnataka unit.
Previously, he was a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Karnataka. He also served the people as a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.